Work to finally begin on Wyndham hotel this Friday

Fourteen years after the historic Sam Lord’s Castle Hotel closed its doors to business, and seven years following its destruction by fire, construction of the much delayed US$200 million Wyndham Grand Resort in St Philip is due to begin on Friday.

Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporated (BTII) Stuart Layne revealed to Barbados TODAY Tuesday morning that work on the 450-room facility would begin on schedule, nine months after the old burnt out historic buildings were demolished to make way for the project.

“Friday is when we start action up there this week, 31st. We are stuck within the March time frame,” Layne said.

The plans for the project on the 58-acre property were approved since 2008, with construction initially earmarked to begin towards the middle of 2015. Several delays later, Layne had told Barbados TODAY in early January that it would finally get under way by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

The project is being financed by China, with the China National Complete Plant Import Export Corporation as the main contractor.

The Wyndham resort is one of a series of tourism-related development projects on which the Freundel Stuart administration is relying to spur economic growth, increase employment and restore foreign exchange reserves.

Layne said the project would create up to 1,000 temporary jobs during construction, and would employ a similar number upon completion.

“As we build up in terms of capacity, 700 Barbadians will be employed there. [But] when it reaches the peak in construction, it would probably employ a thousand persons, but when it is permanently open, it will employ again, permanently, up to a thousand persons,” the BTII senior official said.

The tourism investment executive said while the new property will be built to the highest international standards associated with the Wyndham brand, what is left of the castle – a local heritage building – would be retained and restored.

“The castle will remain. It is not much left outside of the castle, but the castle is part of our heritage and will be protected,” he explained.

With the summer tourist season normally slow, Layne said the new hotel would be designed to attract summer travellers, but accommodate tourists who travel at anytime of the year.

It is for this reason that the hotel will have large conference facilities, including 20,000 square feet of convention space to attract the meetings, incentives, conferences and events market, he said.

“We are looking at a product that will sell well in summer. Normally hotel products in Barbados are built for the winter, then we struggle a bit in the summer. This product is a summer product that can sell in the winter,” Layne pointed out.

In addition, the Wyndham will go after the family market, as well as the weddings and honeymoons and spa business, he disclosed.

“What we are doing basically is ensuring that all of the segments of the market represent summer business that we have targeted. Usually winter is going to be fine – people come here because of climatic conditions elsewhere. So we have intentionally targeted the types of traffic, demographically . . . the segments of the market that travels in the summer.”

The project was initially expected to be completed in early 2018. However, Layne did not reveal a new completion date.

27 Responses to Work to finally begin on Wyndham hotel this Friday

  1. Peter Foster
    Peter Foster March 29, 2017 at 1:58 am

    About time

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 29, 2017 at 3:40 am

    That is good news. The Chinese will get some work to do..

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor March 29, 2017 at 5:42 am

      More chinese coming in that ain’t leaving, the thing is, most of their workers does be prisoners! No pay… Guess the prize is being let go in our island to thrive!

    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn March 29, 2017 at 5:46 am

      What type of currency ,they usually used to pay these Chinese workers.I will like to know.

    • Ricky Harris
      Ricky Harris March 29, 2017 at 7:03 am

      A Chinese company in charge of construction so how you feel they getting paid? Gov’mnt of B’dos signed an agreement for 60% of Chinese labour to be used

    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn March 29, 2017 at 7:09 am

      I think that you is missing my point. I know that the government of Barbados would be paying them. What I am getting that the government need foreign exchange. By the time the building is finished all of the foreign exchange that the government was supposed to earn will be taken back by these Chinese workers. Do you see my point.

    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn March 29, 2017 at 7:11 am

      China is lending the government the money to construct the building.

    • Reginald King
      Reginald King March 29, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Sharon Taylor ohhhhh. Wha you now shock me with that info. That means our own prisoners should be out chopping down bush then.

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor March 29, 2017 at 7:42 am

      That means that it was mostly prisoners that built the education building (this equates to free chinese labour for the chinese construction company)and later stayed on in Barbados…. So its best to bring more prisoners

      • hcalndre March 29, 2017 at 3:48 pm

        @Sharon Taylor, when the Chinese have finished their building and giving aways, are they going to be sent out and wait for another welcome, that would be really an ungrateful act, so give them permanent residence and with the expectation of thousands more to visit barbados as tourist through the efforts of the goodly senator, barbadians will have to learn the languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin orTaiwanese, by then there will be a China town some where on the island, can any say where would be the best location?

  3. Jennifer March 29, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Oh god.

    • Donild Trimp March 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

      @Jennifer – Is this good news or bad news?

  4. Alex Alleyne March 29, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Are we sure ? , cos nothing seems to get going under this DLP in terms of getting BAJANS some jobs.

  5. Tony Webster March 29, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Pray to The East, where the $un ri$e$ The sun can also get so hot, it makes you sweat. Sweat …like bullets. As surely as the day followeth the night, the the Sun that giveth , shall taketh away….for the sun is as old, and as clever, and as cunning, as Methuselah…indeed, the Chinese culture…is far, far older than he. And with age, comes wisdom, and cunning. God Bless the name of the sun, who throweth out sprats, amongst the islands, that it might haul in a mighty catch…of “big fish’. The sun, also Buildeth Islands, in the South of Pacified oceans, that it might gather-in, an even greater harvest. Of fish. And not only a harvest of fish…because effin men foolishly venture too near to the nets, and gets themselves caught-up in the net…then who shall them thereafter blame, aught but themselves? Hmmm….I suppose dem cud blame… the voters?

  6. Richard Johnston March 29, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Do not be deluded. They are not restoring the Castle itself. The sign in front indicates “Sam Lord’s Castle Resort.” Think Farley Hill.

  7. Bajan First March 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Why are some people so negative! They will do anything to keep this country down in an effort to secure a victory for the BLP in the upcoming elections! What is in it for some of them! I know what the yard fouls anticipate but the other citizens will continue to suffer for a long time. If the economy is saved from total destruction before the next elections life will be less difficult regardless of who wins so let us put country first and support any project which could help to save the country from being in the hands of the lnternational Community

    • hcalndre March 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      @Bajan First; who do you think this “16” has first? the country or them? just give me an honest answer. At the end of their 2 year term, win or lose is no big thing, they have secured that pension and have gotten the 10% returned to them. Tell me who is running the country, DLP, yard fowls or the BLP. are you going to blame everyone else except who is in charge?

  8. Mervyn Hope
    Mervyn Hope March 29, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Four seasons began too. I will wait for the (re) opening!!

  9. Milli Watt March 29, 2017 at 2:19 pm


    • Richard Johnston March 29, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      “Take advantage of me.”

  10. Helicopter(8P) March 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    You may find an old English Sloop awaiting you at the main entrance along with the Old Brigand! Give thank to those who have found us employment and to God the Almighty!

  11. Helicopter(8P) March 29, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Like Confusus the profit says; ” Man should not take too much time to think otherwise it passes you by”!

  12. Bajan First March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    HcaIndre no I am not into the blame game. I have been around long enough to know that it does not matter who is in charge. They all look out for themselves and their sponsors /contributors and then the crumbs are thrown to the yard fouls who are eternally grateful and ready to destroy anyone who gets in the way of their masters! It is so sad to see how they worship these people! No wonder that they see themselves as gods! Our education has failed us! We are now slaves to those whom we thought were going to lead us to a better life! So very, very sad.

    • Jennifer March 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      @Bajan First – ALL PRAISES TO THE MOST HIGH. (I AM THAT I AM). Well you just brought tears to my eyes as i was on the floor laughing. You are the sweetest for the day. i tell ya. I would kiss you now. Thanks for that joke. Talk about the dogs eating the crumbs from UNDER the masters table. Let me just add a little to your statement. When you say contributors you are really saying, whites, Chinese, Asians etc. The 1%. You hit that nail on the head as our EDUCATION SYSTEM, HISTORIANS, the CHURCH, POLITICIANS, have truly FAILED US. Mind u this people is really grateful for their oppression too. The forest is too thick and the ants is great. The plantation has been upgraded like the mobile phones. BUT KNOW THIS FOR A SURETY THAT THINGS WILL GET BETTER.

  13. Bajan First March 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I do not think that improvement will come in my lifetime. The reeducation which will have to occur before better days can be seen will take time. Our people have become too materialistic and selfish, that can not be charged easily. Too many are prepared to sell their souls to the highest bidder! This can only lead to the continued degradation of our society. My heart bleeds for the youth of our nation who have to live their lives in this society! Devine intervention seems to be the only solution. We however cannot give up. Those who care must continue to speak out and not permit the politicians and their cronies to deter us. Loyalty to God, family and country always.

    • Jennifer March 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      @Bajan First – I am glad that you mentioned a god, because I hope that you truly believe that he does exist. Not sure if you ever read the scriptures but all of this is written in that bible. Unless one has that insight into those scriptures you will not be able to understand what I mean. But I am not only talking about reeducation but divine intervention. I can see with you on the heart thing but there are other links to that too. We were in this mess almost 400yrs now. Still in the same boat. A NATION CANNOT TRULY THRIVE BY JOINING WITH ANOTHER NATION/s. Especially when this people is actually hated by all of them. Taking your money means nothing. As i said before this is why all nations were given their plot of land to thrive and trade etc. And please do not tell me anything about Africa as this is also part of the deception and lies to this people. This is about a SEED against another SEED (See Genesis 3:15) Both SEEDS need education if any is to be saved. AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT. And no amount of money will buy your freedom. The ones going into their bunkers will be entering their own personal oven. This is not about hate, this is about truth. A black person cannot be racist as racism is built on WEALTH, LIES, SUPREMACY, etc. If some one were choking you would you not cry out for them to stop.

  14. Ricci Khan March 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I wonder if Sam Lord’s Castle was being restored under a BLP administration if there would be such negative trash being said as in many of the above comments? I wonder if the Hyatt resort was being constructed under a BLP administration if Mr Commisiong would be protesting through the Court? I wonder if the Unions would be demanding a 23% wage increase under a BLP administration? HAVE WE FORGOTTEN the huge mismanaged and way over budget projects like the U.S. Dollar Jail, the 3S Construction Highway, G.A.I.A., the Multi-million hole in the Ground at Greenland, Harrison’s Cave, Kensington Oval, Hardwood Houses…………..and the list goes on under the last B.L.P. administration? Just wondering.


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